As might have been expected, the poisoned chalice of SSL resignalling (and, we assume, Piccadilly Line signalling as an add-on) has not attracted a great deal of interest from the signalling supply sector – out of the two possible organisations that could have bid, Siemens and Thales, only Thales have decided to submit a [...]
One thing that we’re sure of, when Boris attaches himself to some whizzy innovation, it’ll usually end up costing a fortune in public money and suffering a variety of easily predictable snags caused by overconfidence and arrogance. To a list that includes cycle hire, cable cars, Lardbuses, electric cars, etc. etc. we can probably load [...]
Helen’s been out and about looking for new No. 10 lardbuses and has found one – the weight is now down a bit further to 12190kg, suggesting they’re eking out very small gains (the previous two weights were 12220 and 12230kg).
Meanwhile the not at all vanity B5LH Euro 6 revamp is apparently [...]
From the Commons Transport Committee oral evidence on the new (MOAR ROADS) National Policy Statement on National Networks, March 31st 2014:
Witnesses: Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport, and John Dowie, Director of Strategic Roads and Smart Ticketing, Department for Transport, gave evidence.
Q91 Chair: Specifically in relation to forecasts, we have had [...]
Before going on LBC Boris must have seen some kind of fantastic presentation, right? I mean, he wouldn’t go off like this without a sound base, would he?
BJ: I…Can I tell you something we had the oth…the other day? A presentation came in from Hammersmith and Fulham. Nick Botterill brought his team in [...]
Reading some TfL Board Papers, now I’ve found them again, this section from TfL’s response to the RTF (Michelle Dix, again) stands out:
Since last year’s launch of the RTF report, TfL has conducted additional analysis which has highlighted the further pressures that new, higher growth forecasts and aspirations for a better city will [...]
When the price of cycle hire doubled in January 2013 there was, not unreasonably, considerable disquiet amongst the scheme’s customers; the latest user survey cites it as the most frequently quoted worsening aspect of the service. With the publication of the per-day ridership for the final month of 2013-14 we can now see [...]
There was another snippet of MOAR ROADS in yesterday’s LBC phone in – here’s a transcription. Given what happened over Hammersmith there’s no guarantee this is what he’ll say next month, of course:
NF: Mark in Dagenham
BJ: Mark in Dagenham..sorry I turned over your page and lost you…Mark in Dagenham
Mark: Hello, Boris, [...]
“We’ve been listening to this for months and months thinking come off it this is never going to work and actually it is brilliant.
“It adds up. It’s a most fantastic scheme. We’re going to tunnelise the flyover.
So, a month [...]
A secret TfL Board briefing document has reached us via an informed source, stating in bald terms that the basic economics of running the heavily used 38 bus route against the background of the bus subsidy cuts forced on London by George Osborne means London Buses are working on a plan to bring back bendy [...]
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